Alyosha Moeran’s current interests centre on a group of pieces in slates and limestones from England and Wales. These pieces are inspired by his fascination with ancient history, Japanese “Jomon” earthenware and memories of the pottery village in Southern Japan where he grew up. The works are about simplicity, ritual and the way objects can become imbued with power, mystery and meaning. Alyosha was brought up in Japan and moved to the UK aged thirteen. He studied History and then went on to work as a dry-stone Waller, Architectural Mason, Cathedral Carver, Public Artist and Sculptor.
The process of carving stone is like a kind of active dreaming. The material has a density, an unforgiving nature and sense of permanence. It is this process of working stone, especially with hand tools, which is at the heart of what I do.